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Definition of no-ball in English:


An unlawfully delivered ball, counting one as an extra to the batting side if not otherwise scored from: we also bowled far too many no-balls and wides
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  • I propose that each batsman face only 90 balls (excluding no-balls and wides) and has to retire at the end of it if he is unbeaten.
  • His first ball was a no-ball, his second a full-toss, and his third ripped out of the rough for two byes.
  • Defending their modest 151 total, Bangladesh made life even more difficult for themselves by conceding 30 extras including 12 no-balls and 10 wides.


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(Of an umpire) declare (a bowler) to have bowled a no-ball; declare (a delivery) to be a no-ball: at Lord’s he took a Test hat-trick and was no-balled for throwing
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  • Also, I thought that, towards the end of the match, the umpire was no-balling me unnecessarily, allowing Benjamin to go for big shots.
  • Or will the data have to be transmitted to a laboratory in Australia for complex and elaborate testing before an umpire can no-ball a bowler for chucking?
  • But till 1862 such a delivery was reckoned as illegal; in fact, Edgar Willsher of Kent was the first cricketer to be no-balled for bowling overarm in 1862.

Words that rhyme with no-ball

lowball, snowball
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